Dedicated to the communication of news, science, and information of interest to the brain mapping community, and to sharing and promoting the science of brain mapping.
  The purpose and goal of brain mapping is to advance the understanding of the relationship between structure and function in the human brain. Scientists in this field seek to gain knowledge of the physical processes that underlie human sensation, attention awareness and cognition. These results are immediately applicable to surgical intervention, to the design of medical interventions and to the treatment of psychological and psychiatric disorders.

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04/15
Research consortium including NIH proposes diagnostic criteria for sarcopenia
Condition leads to disability in many older adults.…
04/15
Special Topic Research Education Course: Exploring Auditory and Vestibular biology (R25)
Funding Opportunity RFA-DC-15-001 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. The NIH …
04/15
Unexpected protein partnership has implications for cancer treatment
NIH scientists find unusual method that may alter tumor growth.…
04/15
Gene linked to excess male hormones in female infertility disorder
Discovery by NIH-supported researchers may lead to diagnostic test, treatment.…
04/15
Dr. Yvonne T. Maddox to serve as Acting Director of NIMHD
Her appointment follows the retirement of Dr. John Ruffin.…
04/14
Notice to Extend the Expiration Date for PAR-11-205 "Alcohol Education Project Grants (R25)"
Notice NOT-AA-14-005 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts…
04/11
GuLF STUDY gears up for second round of health exams
Research continues four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.…
04/10
Drug does not improve set of cardiovascular outcomes for diastolic heart failure
NIH-supported study finds drug does appear to reduce hospitalizations for diastolic heart failure…
04/10
Too much protein may kill brain cells as Parkinson's progresses
NIH-funded study on key Parkinson's gene finds a possible new target for monitoring the disease.…
04/10
NIH funds influenza research and surveillance network
NIAID-supported centers integrate research to improve pandemic preparedness.…
04/08
Spinal stimulation helps four patients with paraplegia regain voluntary movement
Groundbreaking results bring new hope for those with spinal cord injury ? NIH study.…
04/07
NIAAA Recognizes Alcohol Awareness Month 2014
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to learn about the health and social problems caused by dri…
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04/15
Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds
… it every single day. Utilizing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the rese…
04/15
Brain Changes from Casual Marijuana Use
… Hospital/Harvard Medical School used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to compare the brain…
04/15
How and when nerve and brain cells are formed could open doors to targeted cancer therapies
Fresh insights into the processes that control brain cell production could pave the way for treatmen…
04/15
Neuroscientists: Brain activity may mark the beginning of memories
By tracking brain activity when an animal stops to look around its environment, neuroscientists at t…
04/15
Study links severe sleep apnea to increased risk of stroke, cancer and death
A new study shows that moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea is independently associated with a…
04/15
MRI pinpoints region of brain injury in some concussion patients
Researchers using information provided by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique have identifi…
04/15
PET scans could predict extent of recovery from brain injury, trials shows
… of brain scan using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) were more reliable predic…
04/15
Scan predicts brain damage recovery
… 74% accuracy. In comparison, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)…
04/15
Brain scan shows which vegetative patients have hope
… . The other was the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner, …
04/15
Brain Changes Associated With Casual Marijuana Use in Young Adults: More 'Joints' Equal More Damage
… Hospital/Harvard Medical School used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to compare the brain…
04/15
Casual marijuana use linked to brain changes in young adults
… each day. The researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to compare the brains &#82…
04/15
For vegetative patients, a brain scan may detect hope of recovery
… 's outcome than functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, which detects brain &#8…
04/15
Brain Changes Linked to Casual Marijuana Use
… Hospital/Harvard Medical School used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to compare the brain…
04/15
Scans can be vital in judging severity of brain damage
… brain scans using either functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) or positron emission…
04/15
Outcome of stroke worse for people with infection
Infection is bad news for all of us - but it can be really serious to people who have had a stroke. …
04/15
New Study Shows That Green Tea Boosts Working Memory
… their brains in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine. Participants were …
04/15
Study: SSRI use during pregnancy associated with autism and developmental delays in boys
In a study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs, researchers from the Bloomberg School of Public healt…
04/15
The Lancet: Functional brain imaging reliably predicts which vegetative patients have potential to recover consciousness
A functional brain imaging technique known as positron emission tomography is a promising tool for d…
04/15
Outcome of stroke worse for people with infection
Infection is bad news for all of us -- but it can be really serious to people who have had a stroke.…
04/15
MRI pinpoints region of brain injury in some concussion patients
Researchers using information provided by a magnetic resonance imaging technique have identified reg…
04/14
Study links severe sleep apnea to increased risk of stroke, cancer and death
A new study shows that moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea is independently associated with a…
04/14
Researchers Find Brain Activity That May Mark the Beginning of Memories
Tracking the brain activity of a rat as it stops to examine its environment, researchers believe the…
04/14
Special function of nestin+ neurons in medial septum-diagonal band of Broca in adult rats
Dr. Yuhong Zhao and co-workers from Sun Yat-sen University in China explored the projection of nesti…
04/13
Reconstructing lineage hierarchies of the distal lung epithelium using single-cell RNA-seq
The mammalian lung is a highly branched network in which the distal regions of the bronchial tree tr…
04/13
NRROS negatively regulates reactive oxygen species during host defence and autoimmunity
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced by phagocytes are essential for host defence against bacteria…
04/12
Online Registry Aims to Drive Brain Disease Research
The Brain Health Registry promises to cut the time and costs of conducting clinical trails for neuro…
04/11
During prenatal brain development lipid levels impact autism
In a groundbreaking York University study, researchers have found that abnormal levels of lipid mole…
04/11
How do our brains differentiate information about places and faces?
Neuroscientists investigate 'object-based attention,' which allows us to pick a face we recognize ou…
04/11
Promising drug doubles positive effect in hormone-receptor?positive breast cancer
For women with advanced breast cancer who took the experimental drug palbociclib, the amount of time…
04/10
UCSF launches groundbreaking online registry to drive brain disease research
A new online project led by researchers at UC San Francisco promises to dramatically cut the time an…
04/09
Rapid and tunable post-translational coupling of genetic circuits
One promise of synthetic biology is the creation of genetic circuitry that enables the execution of …
04/08
Frequency of Bilateral Hypertrophic Olivary Degeneration in a Large Retrospective Cohort
CONCLUSIONThis study demonstrates that HOD is frequently bilateral. In slightly over 50% of patients…
04/08
UCLA in the News, April 8, 2014
Revolutionary Therapy Brings Hope for Paralysis | Los Angeles Times "With the impetus of a …
04/08
Association of Developmental Venous Anomalies with Perfusion Abnormalities on Arterial Spin Labeling and Bolus Perfusion?Weighted Imaging
CONCLUSIONSPerfusion changes with DVAs are common on PWI but uncommon on ASL. PWI findings are expec…
04/06
Epidermal Merkel cells are mechanosensory cells that tune mammalian touch receptors
Touch submodalities, such as flutter and pressure, are mediated by somatosensory afferents whose ter…
04/06
Plate tectonics, damage and inheritance
The initiation of plate tectonics on Earth is a critical event in our planet?s history. The time lag…
04/06
Piezo2 is required for Merkel-cell mechanotransduction
How we sense touch remains fundamentally unknown. The Merkel cell?neurite complex is a gentle touch …
04/06
The Location of Pretreatment Hyperdense Middle Cerebral Artery Sign Predicts the Outcome of Intraarterial Thrombectomy for Acute Stroke
CONCLUSIONSFor acute ischemic stroke due to large vessel occlusion, the lack of HMCAS on NECT does n…
04/06
Waffle?Cone Technique Using Solitaire AB Stent for Endovascular Treatment of Complex and Wide?Necked Bifurcation Cerebral Aneurysms
CONCLUSIONThe ?waffle?cone? technique is a safe, simple and alternative for the complex, wide?necked…
04/06
Levodopa?Responsive Hemiparkinsonism Secondary to Cystic Expansion from a Coiled Cerebral Aneurysm
ABSTRACT An 80?year?old woman with longstanding hemifacial spasm had a 1 cm × 1.5 cm internal caroti…
04/06
Intracranial Internal Carotid Artery Angioplasthy and Stenting in Giant Cell Arteritis
We report the case of a 59?year?old woman who presented with several episodes of transient ischemic …
03/30
Sensory stimulation shifts visual cortex from synchronous to asynchronous states
In the mammalian cerebral cortex, neural responses are highly variable during spontaneous activity a…
03/30
Quantitative proteomics identifies NCOA4 as the cargo receptor mediating ferritinophagy
Autophagy, the process by which proteins and organelles are sequestered in double-membrane structure…
03/30
Endosomes are specialized platforms for bacterial sensing and NOD2 signalling
The detection of microbial pathogens involves the recognition of conserved microbial components by h…
03/26
Cystathionine ?-lyase deficiency mediates neurodegeneration in Huntington?s disease
Huntington?s disease is an autosomal dominant disease associated with a mutation in the gene encodin…
03/24
Mammographic images segmentation based on chaotic map clustering algorithm
Background: This work investigates the applicability of a novel clustering approach to the segmentat…
03/24
Animal study assessing safety of an acoustic coupling fluid that holds the potential to avoid surgically induced artifacts in 3D ultrasound guided operations
Background: Use of ultrasound in brain tumor surgery is common. The difference in attenuation betwee…
03/23
Structure of the human P2Y12 receptor in complex with an antithrombotic drug
P2Y receptors (P2YRs), a family of purinergic G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), are activated by …
03/18
Low Endogenous Recanalization in Embolic Central Retinal Artery Occlusion?The Retrobulbar ?Spot Sign?
CONCLUSIONSThe hyperechoic spot sign may be an important predictive prognostic marker for persistent…
03/18
High?Resolution MRI Visualization of Aneurysmal Thrombosis after Flow Diverter Stent Placement
ABSTRACT Flow?diverter stents are the new promising tools in the treatment of intracranial aneurysms…
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Mammillaria elongata cristata, known as the "Brain Cactus", forms attractive undulating fan-like stems covered in dense golden spines. Cristate forms generally occur when injury occurs to the plant at a young age (this damage can be due to insects eating the growing tip, or from many other causes, including a genetic predisposition). In reaction to the "injury", the cells at the tip of the branch where growth occurs begin to multiply at a much faster rate and the normal growing tip "goes crazy", creating fantastic whorls and fans. Mammillaria elongata, in habitat, lives in crags between rocky outcroppings in Central Mexico, eventually forming long cascades of stems with pendant offsets. In this habitat, the water drains quickly away from the roots of the plant, never allowing the plant to remain waterlogged. For this reason, it is essential in cultivation to use a very porous soil, which will allow quick drainage. Bright, filtered light. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. As the "fans" of cristates can trap water that can lead to rot, it is preferable to water from beneath, if possible. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch, except on cloudy, humid or cold winter days. Protect from frost. Shipped established in a 3.5" pot.
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